The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales

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Professor Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D.
Emory University
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What Will You Learn?

  • Explore the rich history of Great Britain, from the ancient Druids and Roman conquests through the Tudor, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras, and into the 20th century.
  • Travel through Scotland, Wales, and England's great regions, including the Great North Road, East Anglia, and the Lake District.
  • Survey the literary, artistic, and architectural achievement of Great Britain across the ages.
  • Find out which tourist hot spots are must-sees, which to avoid, and where are the must-see sites you've never even heard of.

Course Overview

Whether you are searching for the past or want to better understand the world as it is today, travel—even virtually, from the comfort of home—offers a unique opportunity to see the world in new ways. Perhaps you would like to wander the cosmopolitan streets of London, roam the 1,000-year-old campuses of Oxford and Cambridge, or tour world-famous museums like the Tate Modern and the National Railway Museum. Or maybe you are aiming for a more pastoral adventure, like an expedition across the romantic wilds of the Scottish Highlands, or a journey to see the breathtaking vistas of the Jurassic coast. No matter what experience you are hoping to find, a tour of England, Scotland, and Wales rewards visitors with an astonishing array of historical, cultural, and scenic pleasures and reveals the heritage of a nation that has influenced the world immeasurably.

With so many beautiful and fascinating places to see, where do you start? What famous sites are most worth seeing—and where are the hidden gems that many tourists miss? Let us help you get the most out of your journey across this superb island.

No matter what you are hoping to discover in this magnificent region, The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales is the perfect guide. Taught by acclaimed Professor Patrick Allitt, a British-born scholar who teaches at Emory University, these 36 engrossing lectures give you an insider’s take on traveling through Great Britain. Whether you are planning a week-long vacation; a month-long grand tour; or just want to experience England, Scotland, and Wales from afar, this visually immersive course brings Great Britain into your living room and gives you all the background you need to plan the trip of a lifetime.

Go beyond the Guidebook

Gain the historical and cultural context you need to appreciate some of Britain’s most popular sites, including:

  • Stonehenge
  • Buckingham Palace
  • The Houses of Parliament
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • The English Lake District
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Cardiff, Wales
  • and many more


Professor Allitt shows you worthwhile destinations that are often swamped with tourists and long lines, giving you access to these sites without the crowds, but also showing you which of these destinations really are worth braving if you visit in person.  Perhaps more important, he introduces you to many overlooked or little-known gems that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned traveler to Britain. This is the insider look that the travel guides and tour programs can’t match. For instance, as Professor Allitt guides you across Great Britain, you will:

  • Consider Avebury, a breathtaking set of stone monuments largely overlooked in favor of the more famous Stonehenge;
  • Venture to Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, the single best place in Britain to study the history of the Industrial Revolution;
  • Spend some time in the beautiful (and tragic) Scottish valley of Glencoe, and tour a ring of UNESCO World Heritage Site castles in Wales; and
  • Explore the fascinating history of the often-overlooked English Midlands, tour the country houses of East Anglia, and take a hike through the wild moorlands of Cornwall.


All the World’s a Stage

One of the many pleasures of travel is seeing places you have only heard about in books or seen in glimpses on television. Likewise, knowing something about a place before you visit it deepens your experience of seeing it in person. With that in mind, Professor Allitt’s first job in this course is to survey the more than 1,000-year history of Great Britain.

The early history of Britain was largely shaped by a series of invasions. First the Romans came, and you can visit the edge of the Roman Empire at Hadrian’s Wall, near the Anglo-Scottish border. After the Roman retreat, the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all raided the coast and eventually settled. War dominated early British history, which resulted in the construction of many of the medieval castles that must be near the top of any tourist’s itinerary. Some of the many monuments and fortifications you will encounter are:

  • Lindisfarne, a monastery that was the site of a major Viking attack;
  • The Tower of London, with its remarkable stone keep and outer wall;
  • Dover Castle, overlooking the great cliffs; and
  • Warwick Castle, a must-see crowd-pleaser at the heart of the kingdom.


Christianity was the other great force in early British history, a facet of history you will explore through its astonishing cathedrals. Among them, consider Norwich Cathedral, Canterbury, and—most famously—Westminster Abbey.

After the many invasions of the Middle Ages, Britain saw several hundred years of political change—with tension between the monarchs and Parliament, between the English and the Scots, between Catholics and Anglicans, and a host of other struggles. Professor Allitt illuminates the story from the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 through the rein of Queen Victoria and into the 20th century.

Modern Britain was an industrial dynamo, so in addition to highlighting the famous monasteries, government halls, country houses, and battlefields where history was made, Professor Allitt also shows you the villages, mills, quarries, canals, and railroad lines that made Great Britain the powerhouse it is today.

The Road Not Taken

A visitor could spend a year in London and still not see everything worth experiencing. The city is home to an abundance of museums, monuments, parks, and lively neighborhoods. Among the highlights of Professor Allitt’s London tour are the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum; the British Museum; Trafalgar Square; Kensington; Piccadilly Circus; and, of course, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament.

But as Professor Allitt notes, London is in many ways the least representative part of Great Britain. To really understand this nation, you must venture beyond the city—and this course takes you region by region around the island, including four rich lectures dedicated to Scotland and Wales. You’ll visit the royal mile in Edinburgh, ride a locomotive to the summit of Mount Snowden in Wales, and much more.

In England, you will head to the West Country to track Arthurian legends at iconic places like Tintagel Castle and Glastonbury Tor; spend time in the northern industrial cities of Manchester and Liverpool; stroll through Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; and experience the gentle, rustic, and often remote land of East Anglia. Any one of these regions is worth a day trip or an extended stay.

Though this course is not concerned with the specific details of transportation options, Professor Allitt does offer many interesting tidbits about the history of Britain’s canals and railroads, the London underground, and the island’s major highways. For his part, he recommends walking as an ideal mode of transportation, and hiking enthusiasts will discover opportunities in every part of Britain, from the gentle Cotswolds to the dramatic coastal paths of Southwest England.

From Baker Street to the Lighthouse

Great Britain offers opportunities to explore almost every artistic and cultural interest you can imagine. Lovers of literature will be able to connect numerous sites with their favorite authors, from the picturesque Lake District beloved by Wordsworth to the Oxford haunts of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien—and, of course, the famous Baker Street of Sherlock Holmes. Professor Allitt introduces you to places associated with hundreds of years of great writers, including:

  • The national bards Chaucer and Shakespeare
  • Poets Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Byron
  • Novelists Austen, Dickens, the Brontës, Woolf, and Orwell


He also introduces you to the great tradition of visual arts and artists. In addition to reflecting on the lives and works of artists such as William Hogarth, Joseph Turner, and Thomas Gainsborough, you’ll also learn about some of the best art museums in the country:

  • The National Gallery in London
  • The National Portrait Gallery
  • The Tate Modern
  • The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh
  • The National Museum in Cardiff


Great Britain’s literary and artistic heritage is tremendous, but its centuries-long culture of gardening is equally astounding. Because of the island’s mild and damp climate, it is an ideal location for floral displays—and the gardens throughout England, Scotland, and Wales arguably are unmatched around the world. Professor Allitt takes you to some of the finest, including:

  • Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire
  • The Botanic Garden at Oxford University
  • Kew Gardens in London
  • Bodnant Garden in Wales
  • and more


Ode to an Island Nation

There is no substitute for travel. Some things you simply have to see for yourself. That said, The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales is the next best thing. Visually dazzling with hundreds of photographs from your professor’s own archives, you will see all the sites Professor Allitt describes—and, thanks to the help of a professional accent specialist in several of the lectures, you will also be able to hear the sounds of the Scottish brogue, the Welsh voice, the Cockney accent, and more.

If you have an upcoming trip to Great Britain, you will be well-prepped to have a rich experience—with insight on where to go, what to do, and what it all means. But even if you simply plan to enjoy Great Britain from your home, Professor Allitt grounds you in the history, the people, the land, and the cultural touchstones to enhance your understanding of this mighty nation. Every lecture in The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales offers an immersive experience and astonishing insight into this small island that has had an outsized influence on the world’s stage.

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36 lectures
 |  Average 29 minutes each
  • 1
    Welcome to Britain
    See why Great Britain offers so much as a travel destination. From thousand-year-old castles and cathedrals to contemporary art museums and scenic hikes, there is something for everyone. Begin your tour with a look at the scope of all Britain has to offer-and a few off-the-beaten-path ideas for getting to know England, Scotland, and Wales. x
  • 2
    Prehistoric Britain
    Great Britain's history begins 5,000 years ago with a mysterious ancient people whose only vestiges are earthworks and stone circles like Stonehenge. Because of Stonehenge's massive popularity, you may want to consider visiting other ancient ruins such as Avebury or Maiden Castle. x
  • 3
    Roman Britain
    The next era in Britain's history is the Roman conquest. In the first century B.C.E., the Romans invaded and spread their territory to the Anglo-Scottish border. There, Hadrian's Wall marks the edge of the empire. Consider the Roman impact on Great Britain, from the city of Bath to the island's long, straight roads. x
  • 4
    Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain
    After the Romans left Britain, a number of Germanic tribes stepped in to fill the power vacuum. With the help of the Venerable Bede and other contemporary sources, explore the Anglo-Saxon conquests. Then turn to the Viking attacks in the Middle Ages. Be sure to add Offa's Dyke and the monastery of Lindisfarne to your travel itinerary. x
  • 5
    Britain's Medieval Castles
    Medieval castles and cathedrals are some of the most striking sites in all of Britain. Here, survey the development of castles built between 1066 and 1500. As you reflect on the evolution of the stone keep and outer wall, concentric design, and more, your tour takes you to such crowd-pleasers as Tower of London, Caerphilly in Wales, Dover Castle, and more. x
  • 6
    Britain's Medieval Cathedrals
    Like the medieval castles, Britain's cathedrals are astounding sites and an absolute must for any visitor to the island. Here, Professor Allitt explores the major milestones in cathedral architecture, from the Romanesque style of Durham Cathedral to the gothic style of Canterbury. He also takes you to the world-renowned Westminster Abbey. x
  • 7
    Tudor Britain
    From the end of the Wars of the Roses in 1485 to the Gunpowder Plot in 1605, Britain experienced severe political upheavals. Among other events, Henry VIII broke from the Catholic Church to found the Church of England. Witness how the era's architecture-including Hampton Court Palace, Hardwick Hall, and Sulgrave Manor-reflected the political turmoil. x
  • 8
    Magna Carta and Civil War
    Continue your study of the political shifts during Renaissance Britain, a period when kings were gradually forced to share power with Parliament. This tension broke bounds in the 17th century, when Charles I, defeated in a civil war, was beheaded at the Banqueting House in London. After Oliver Cromwell's quasi-military dictatorship, the crown was restored to Charles II-but political tension persisted. x
  • 9
    Enlightenment Britain
    Some of the greatest sites in Britain today are products of the Enlightenment. Delve into some of Christopher Wren's architectural achievements, including the Royal Observatory and the splendid St. Paul's Cathedral. Then move beyond London to explore the great country estates of Kedleston and Calke Abbey. x
  • 10
    Industrial Britain
    Britain was home to the Industrial Revolution, driven by advancements in textiles, coal mining, and iron. Tour the country to see some of the monuments to industry, including Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire, Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, and the Big Pit in the South Wales village of Blaenafon. Visit and travel on the nation's canals and railways from the same era. x
  • 11
    Victorian Britain
    Victorian Britain is a fascinating architectural period, which witnessed a revival of many older styles, culminating in the Neo-Gothic. Visit such masterpieces of the Gothic Revival as Manchester Town Hall, St. Pancras Station in London, and the Museum of Natural History. Then tour Kensington, where the Royal Albert Hall commemorates Victoria's husband. x
  • 12
    20th-Century Britain
    Conclude your survey of British architecture with an overview of the 20th century-a period when, according to Professor Allitt, some of the nation's worst buildings were constructed. The early part of the century saw striking achievements, such as Arts and Crafts style country houses, but the post-World War II era was an age of Brutalist concrete, from which we are only just escaping today. x
  • 13
    Edinburgh and Glasgow
    Scottish nationalism is one of the more intriguing phenomena in today's headlines. Here, look beyond the news reports to investigate Scotland's two great cities: Edinburgh and Glasgow. While giving you a tour of the cities, Professor Allitt also introduces you to some of Scotland's most famous figures, including Walter Scott, Adam Smith, and David Hume. x
  • 14
    Wild Scotland: Beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow
    Continue your tour of Scotland with a look beyond the cities. You'll visit the Scottish Highlands, which is the least densely populated part of Europe, and explore the great history of this wild land. Your investigation takes you to the tragic and beautiful valley of Glencoe; the Spey Valley, a mecca for Scotch whiskey lovers; and the beautiful Scottish islands. x
  • 15
    North Wales
    Shift your attention to the other country within the nation. Beginning with Offa's Dyke and touring a ring of castles-including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Conwy Castle and Harlech-this tour of North Wales is an ideal introduction to the Welsh landscape, history, and heritage. x
  • 16
    Cardiff and South Wales
    Head south to the capital city of Cardiff, where impressive civic buildings and the National Museum of Wales await you. The architecture of this city is magnificent, and offers much to see, from the polychromatic fantasy rooms of Cardiff Castle to the dome over the National Museum. Then turn to the South Wales towns of Tredegar and Swansea, home of Dylan Thomas. x
  • 17
    The North of England
    England is a nation of regions, and the wild Pennine Hills in the north-Wuthering Heights country-is one of the must-see stops in your travels. Here, cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, and York were industrial dynamos in the 19th century-and the National Railway Museum in York is one of Professor Allitt's top-rated destinations for visitors. x
  • 18
    The English Midlands
    You might be tempted to skip the English Midlands, but if you have the time in your itinerary, the region has much to offer. Home to Josiah Wedgwood's pottery, quaint villages, and Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest, the Midlands have a fascinating heritage and offer an incomparable look into the British story. x
  • 19
    East Anglia
    Continue your survey of the great regions of England with a look East Anglia. A rural district that has inspired nature lovers and scientists for generations, East Anglia is also home to stately country houses such as Blickling and Houghton Hall and country towns like Norwich. This quiet region warrants at least a day's visit. x
  • 20
    England's West Country
    Look now to the dramatic landscape of the West Country. The sleepy villages of Somerset and Dorset give way to the colorful towns of Devonshire and Cornwall, which has become a magnet for visual artists. The hilltop island church of St. Michael's Mount and the ancient fortress of Tintagel should not be missed. x
  • 21
    The Museums of London
    In this lecture, trade the calm of the country for the bustle of the city. Professor Allitt takes you to some of the world's finest museums, including the British Museum, home to the controversial Elgin Marbles, once plundered from the Parthenon in Athens. You'll also visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, and the Tate Modern. x
  • 22
    London's Streets and Parks
    Learn how to navigate London by tube and foot. Go inside the underground stations and learn why the tube is the best way to get around the city. Above ground, discover the urban retreats of Regent's Park and Hyde Park, and the shopping hub that is Regent Street. With so many museums, parks, and attractions, London has never been a more interesting and fun city to visit. x
  • 23
    Buckingham Palace and Parliament
    Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament are two of the most popular tourist destinations, and they embody the government of Great Britain. See why these buildings are such a draw, learn about their architecture and renovations over the years, and reflect on the nature of Britain's constitutional monarchy. x
  • 24
    Oxford and Cambridge
    Step away from teeming London into the famous university towns of Oxford and Cambridge. Both house venerable academic institutions, each with its own distinct mood and atmosphere. Learn about some of the famous graduates from each university, and tour a sampling of their beautiful chapels, libraries, rivers, and gardens. x
  • 25
    Literary Britain: Chaucer and Shakespeare
    Great Britain is home to one of the world's great literary traditions-and literature is a terrific way to frame your tour through the island. In this first of four literary lectures, reflect on the work of two of Britain's most-prized poets, Chaucer and Shakespeare. Retrace the pilgrims' path of The Canterbury Tales, visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre beside the River Thames, and more. x
  • 26
    Literary Britain: The Romantics
    Continue your literary journey through Britain. From the great Scottish writers Walter Scott and Robert Burns to Wordsworth's evocative descriptions of the Lake District, the Romantic writers of the 18th and 19th centuries created an enduring mood and style that still resonate today. Also tour the quiet villages where Jane Austen worked and the Jurassic coast at Lyme Regis. x
  • 27
    Literary Britain: Poets and Novelists
    Shelley, Keats, and Byron are three of the world's finest poets, and their work is steeped in the history and landscape of Britain. Reflect on the land that inspired their finest works, and then turn to the world of the Bronte sisters in the North and Charles Dickens in the South, whose novels evoke not only the land but also the people of the 19th century. x
  • 28
    Literary Britain: The 20th Century
    Round out your study of British literature with a survey of the 20th-century masters. Check out the Baker Street of Sherlock Holmes, visit the rural Dorset villages of Thomas Hardy, and then pop over to Bloomsbury in London to see where Virginia Woolf and her comrades created a new kind of literature. x
  • 29
    Artistic Britain: Painters and Sculptors
    Britain has a distinguished artistic tradition along with a set of museums that house many of the world's greatest visual masterpieces. Examine the lives and works of some of the great painters and sculptors, including William Hogarth, Joseph Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Henry Moore, and Barbara Hepworth. x
  • 30
    Britain's Estates and Gardens
    Because of its mild and wet climate, Britain is well suited for flowers, and England has a proud history of gardening going back to the 1500s. In this visually rich lecture, tour some of the most stunning gardens in the nation today, including the Botanic Garden at Oxford University; Kew Gardens in London; and others, grand and obscure, throughout the provinces. x
  • 31
    Legacy of the British Empire
    From the 17th through the 20th century, Britain's empire spanned the globe, giving this small island an outsized role on the world's stage. But while Britain was making an impact in India, New Zealand, Canada, and elsewhere, these nations were having an impact on Britain. Explore the ethnic and cultural diversity in Britain today. x
  • 32
    Seafaring Britain
    Britain became a world power thanks to its domination of the seas in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the historic dockyard in Portsmouth, where you can see some of the ships that helped put Britain on the map. Then discover some of the less well-known but equally impressive ports and ships, plus some of Britain's many coastal lighthouses. x
  • 33
    Britain's War Memorials
    As a world power, Britain fought many wars-which it has commemorated in many ways. Among other memorials, this lecture takes you to Blenheim Place (commemorating the Duke of Marlborough's defeat of a great French and Bavarian army in 1704) to Trafalgar Square in London (with its memorial to Horatio Nelson), to Hyde Park Corner (the best place to see war memorials in England), and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. x
  • 34
    Hiking England, Scotland, and Wales
    While you need a car, train, or boat to get a comprehensive tour of Britain, arguably the best way to explore the nation is by foot. England, Scotland, and Wales are home to some of the best hiking paths in Europe, from the Lake District that inspired the Romantic poets to the Southwest Coast Path to the demanding Pennine Way trail up the spine of northern England. x
  • 35
    Britain's Sporting Tradition
    Soccer, cricket, tennis, golf: These sports were invented in Britain and play a major role in the nation's culture today. Whether you are a rabid Man United nut or occasionally enjoy a match at Wimbledon, Britain has something for every sports fan-and the timing of sporting events may be something to consider when planning your great tour. x
  • 36
    How to Think about Visiting Britain
    Tourism is a good test of self-knowledge: Why do you want to travel in the first place? While Britain is an ideal place to travel, it behooves you to spend a few minutes reflecting on why you want to go there so that you plan the most meaningful trip. Professor Allitt ends with a few practical tips to help you get the most from your travels. x

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Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D.
Emory University
Dr. Patrick N. Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, where he has taught since 1988. The holder of a doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Allitt-an Oxford University graduate-has also taught American religious history at Harvard Divinity School, where he was a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellow. He was the Director of Emory College's Center for Teaching...
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The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 113.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most enjoyable course I've taken! The instructor was fantastic! Having grown up in England, he had visited the sites for himself and had very good insider hints about when to go and how to best see things, including many lessor known sites that were great treasures. Wonderfully illustrated! I think you would certainly miss out without the visuals. Instructor had a wonderful sense of humor increasing the enjoyment of the course. You will miss out on a great time if you don't take this course!
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History and Travel in One I have not completed watching this course. However, the segments that I have watched have been very good. The instructor is very clear and illustrates a lot of his lecture with photos and maps of the places and people about which he is talking. I look forward to continuing this course.
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needed something different This wasn’t the right title for me ~ it was too much “here you will see” and not enough history and culture. The instructor seemed knowledgeable and I enjoyed his slight brogue.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! My wife and I watched this every night for a few weeks and were very sad when we came to the end; more entertaining than any show we have watched!
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality presentation! A lot of material is covered in a well organized and interesting way.
Date published: 2019-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful overview Just finished the course and loved it. I've been to the UK several times and enjoyed learning more about where I've visited as well as many more places I now feel the need to see on my next trip. Very interesting lecturer, good use of humor, great illustrations and thorough entertaining. We need more courses like this about other parts of the world!!
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great solid information Finally a detailed and wonderfully entertaining and knowledgeable look at my native country. Super!
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This is not what I was looking for. The instructor is very had to understand due to English accent.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect, says it all! Dr. Allitt is an outstanding professor! His insights and personal information and recollections add immensely to the presentation. His pictures and descriptions are so vivid! I would love to be one of his students in his classroom and even better be on tour with him!
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Way to see Britain I have already visited England twice and I intend on visiting it again. I am a lifelong Anglophile and I love just about everything about Britain. This course gave me a more personalized tour of England by a native Britain. Professor Allitt is easily one of the best lecturers and him being a native born Briton gave it a touch that an outside observer would not have been able to do it justice. Allitt's love for his home country is evidence because of all the fond memories he has and shares with us along the way. I am not entirely sure how I like the way the course was organized, first by history then region and culture. But there is so much to cover, you have to organize it in some way that would have made sense to the viewer. I think that the course did its work because there were several things that I want to go back and visit, including Hampton Court, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. This course’s existence confirms my lifelong love of the British Isles.
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting presentations. I am thoroughly enjoying the Great Tours course: England, Scotland and Wales. The presenter is easy to listen to and includes relevant pictures of the topics he is covering. Well done!
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful diversion! At 85 I have become an armchair traveler and I enjoyed this travelogue immensely. And It brought back memories of my travels in Great Britain!
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING TOUR GUIDE We are planning to travel to the Brittish Isles and this course has provided a tremendous insight into what we need to do to make our planned trip a success.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable and informative! I am about halfway through the course and am enjoying it immensely. The presenter is very easy to listen to and very knowledgeable about the information he's presenting. Watching this course makes me want to visit the British Isles even more than I did before. I highly recommend the course!
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational for Britophiles By my count, I have 70 of the Great Courses but this is the only one that can be best described as inspirational. I’m a huge fan of Patrick Allitt due to his “objective” and relatively “unbiased” presentation on various subject matters. However on this course I can praise him for being “subjective” and “biased”. Professor Allitt loves the land of his birth and clearly hopes to inspire Americans to travel to the U.K. I had to laugh out loud when he described certain 20'th century architecture as "modern horrors" and "some of the ugliest buildings ever created" . I'm with you there professor...I prefer the medieval and Victorian sites myself ! Allitt’s knowledge is both broad and deep and he applies that to a travel narrative with pleasant introductory music. He starts with a historical outline then visits the different regions. He has a gent assist him named Paul who presents various regional accents such as Scottish and Cockney. This is a delightfully pleasant & lighthearted course which is never dry. If one has never been to the UK, then this course should offer inspiration to book that flight to London and branch off to other destinations from there. If one has already “been there…done that” like myself, this course compels one to return and rediscover England/Scotland/Wales all over again.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Intro to British History and Culture We have watched about a third of the lectures so far and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Even with an MA in English literature and two trips to England, I have learned quite a lot from this course. We like the way the course has been structured, both chronologically and thematically. There is balanced use of images which seem well chosen to illustrate the specific topic or location. The instructor is very understandable and clearly knows his subject. We especially appreciate his suggestions as to sites to visit if planning a trip, but even an armchair traveler will enjoy this course.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply excellent Although I have travelled extensively in the UK,and read much of its history, I not only learned wonderful new things, but also enjoyed the wry humor and skilled delivery of of Patrick Allitt. The entire course was thoroughly enjoyable. Thank You.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to enjoy Instructor is knowledgeable and enjoyable to follow. He covers just the right amount of material in one lesson and also clearly lets the student know the location on land and in history..He has mastered the ability to relate to Americans who are interested in the British Isles.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from England, Scotland and Wales I bought this dvd because I was begining to reminisce about going back to the UK. However I prefer traveling while in the comfort of my own home. I have been delighted about the content and the instructors presentation of the material. I think this is by far better than the other travel oriented DVDs
Date published: 2018-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Tours I have viewed 18 lectures so far and am most impressed. The photography and narration by Professor Allitt are most enjoyable. The 30 minute lectures are a pleasurable learning experience.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly the detail I'd hoped for Still working my way through it - it's a huge series but very happy with it. The speaker is comfortable to listen to and watch and so you are able to focus on the information. Lots of details about "off the beaten path" options which I appreciate. Mixture of references to maps, reenactments and even guest presenters illustrating various accents keep it interesting. We're using it to plan our UK trip so it was definitely worth the price.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great history lesson I thoroughly have enjoyed the history lessons and the many good photos to go along.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My review great tours: England, Scotland, Wales As my mother's family goes back to England and Scotland, they bailed out between 1622 and 1840's, I find a family collection. It is given by a native of the soggy island with a trace of accent, less than what is usually found PBS/BBC. Well organized by period and topic. If you were ever planning on a visit this course would be a good place to start and take with you. In fact this is going so well I might be able to skip the trip. The one that came out a couple of years ago covers all my family. It s up to the usual quality of other courses by TTC.
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded All Expectations! Of the 160 Great Courses I possess so far, this one ranks among those marked 'excellent' in my list. There is nothing I can add to the five star reviews already submitted: their comments cover everything I could possibly say - except that I was filled with nostalgia for places already visited, delighted to see those that were missed, and have purchased two more 'Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales' as gifts.
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-See Before Taking a Self-Guided Trip As a veteran traveler to Great Britain, I wish I had the benefit of this course prior to my previous visits. It is a big help in planning a visit to ensure you see many important sites you may miss.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Covers a lot of sites Covers many areas some of which are on minimal interest.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Course and Professor The lecturer is just excellent as is the course content, do not miss this one!
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A comprehensive foray When I bought this course I did not look to see who was presenting it, and was delighted, upon opening, to see the smiling face of Prof. Allitt, whose series on the Industrial Revolution is cogent and comprehensive. This series does not disappoint. My bucket list had always included a summer in Britain, traveling around the country and seeing everything at my own pace. I now see that was a silly item: several summers would be needed just to study the sites with the attention they deserve. Stone Age and Bronze Age history (my favorites) were presented, and some of my misconceptions about geography were corrected: oops - the Lake District is not where I thought it was. If, like me, circumstances have forced you to be an armchair traveler, take notes: you can explore the really interesting stuff through your local library. And I frequently stopped to drive through a named community via Google Earth. This truly is a great course.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tours I bought this because I've always wanted to visit England, Scotland, and Wales. Professor Allitt is one of my favorite instructors of yours. He made the tours very interesting and engaging. He even included some personal anecdotes. I can see I will need to make several trips. I even have some of his other courses that I didn't think I would be interested in such as Victorian Britain and The Industrial Revolution. I highly recommend all of his courses!
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and stimulating The dialogue and beautiful images make you attend to every word. You get intrigued and inspired to visit the sites that are described.
Date published: 2018-12-01
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